I just read my 1st recap post from December 2007 where the post was primarily focused on my goals for CruiseSource. It’s cool to look back and see that 4 years later my goals and purpose for CruiseSource are still the same. The number one goal is to continue to be a trusted resource that helps new and experienced cruisers maximize the value of their next cruise vacation.
While the purpose is still the same, a lot has changed in 4 years. CruiseSource is one of the original cruise industry blogs. I’ve personally written 425 articles in 4 years. Every article on CruiseSource is original content offering cruise advice, reviews, tips, or information about cruise deals & pricing trends. When I started CruiseSource, I was the only contributor. Today we have 10 expert writers.
When I started CruiseSource, most people had never heard of a ‘blog’. Since then, the CruiseSource blog has been featured in all kinds of publications from Wired to the NY Times.
This is not to brag… but now there are tons of sites out there writing cruise related posts. Anyone can set up a WordPress site and start a blog in minutes. It is up to you the internet surfer to figure out if a site is a trusted resource or not. Very few blogs in any industry have been recommended by the NY Times, like CruiseSource was in June 2011. Only a handful of cruising blogs have been around since 2007.
So however you got to CruiseSource — You’ve stumbled upon one of the most trusted cruising blogs on the internets, recognized by the biggest of publications, the cruise lines, and cruisers as a trusted resource. Now that you found us, make sure you click here: to Subscribe to CruiseSource to get all of our posts delivered to your email for FREE.
CruiseSource Top Post of 2011
CruiseSource 2011 Highlights
1. I know I mentioned it earlier [twice], but the NY Times article that featured and recommended CruiseSource was huge. While CruiseSource has been in many publications over the last 4 years, very few publications carry the weight of the NY Times.
2. Planning and cruising on the first ever Tweetup at Sea [#SeaTweetup] with Norwegian Cruise Line and the Miami Social Media Community was awesome. It received worldwide coverage from here to Australia!
3. Raising money for Linda, the winner of a Bahamas Cruise who could no longer take the cruise because her cancer returned. With your help, we raised $1000 in 4 days making Christmas a little less stressful for her and her 14 year old daughter.
4. Partnering with Green Mountain Coffee, CruiseDeals.com, & VaynerMedia on the Brew-Over-Ice Alaska Cruise Giveaway. Green Mountain Coffee is one of the hottest brands in America… and thanks to power of social media, we partnered with them in the promo of their new product launch Brew-Over Ice K-Cups.
5. CruiseSource becomes a multi-authored blog. Having more expert contributors on CruiseSource has taken our content to the next level. The cruise industry is to big for one person to know it all. Having a diverse set of experts contributing to CruiseSource truly sets us apart from every other site on the internet. You will see much more of this in 2012.
6. Another record breaking year in visitors to CruiseSource. Good content gets rewarded now more than ever. We know when write something that you find valuable because it gets shared on Facebook and Twitter. There is no bigger compliment then when you share one of our articles with your social network. THANK YOU!
As 2011 comes to a close, I’m very thankful for our subscribers, supporters, contributors, partners, and of course our friends on Twitter. Without you, there would not be a CruiseSource.
2012 holds tons of promise. I wish all of you the most blessed of New Years!